Producing is a difficult task: Manoj Bajpayee
The actor who turns producer with this week's release, Missing, in which he also stars, talks about the pressures of donning both hats at the same time
Actor Manoj Bajpayee, who is gearing up for the release of his first production Missing, says that producing a film is a difficult task when you are also the lead actor in the film.
The actor has turned producer for the first time for the film, which also stars Tabu and Mukul Abhyankar. About the experience, he says, "It was a difficult thing. This was a job that I've never done before. And though the pressure of the film was taken by many capable people like line producers and executive producers, at the end of the day, taking a final call was always in my hand."
He adds that taking the right decision was a difficult task because "one day you are playing the lead role, and the next day when you're doing a scene, the executive producer suddenly starts telling you about the problem he is facing and he doesn't know which way to go. In circumstances like these, your mind is completely stuck in the role, and you have to take a fantastic decision for the entire production."
Manoj credits his team for making the experience fulfilling for him. "I'm happy that the experience was fulfilling not only as an actor but also as a producer. It was only possible because people like Tabuji, Mukul Abhyankar and Anu Kapoor, who were very considerate and cooperative."
He has played many memorable characters in his career in films like Satya, Gangs Of Wasseypur, Aligarh, and Kaun. Asked which character is closest to his heart, Manoj says, "There are many... but I think the character from Missing is one of them and I am not saying this because I am promoting the film."
Missing is a psychological thriller which plays on the theme, 'nothing is what it seems'. The film is presented by Abundantia and Neeraj Pandey in association with Sri Adhikari Brothers, Anand Pandit Motion Pictures and Manoj Bajpayee Productions, and is written and directed by Mukul Abhyankar.
It will hit the screens this Friday.